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WoMO 2015 : Workshop on Modular Ontologies


Conference Series : Workshop on Modular Ontologies
When Jul 25, 2015 - Jul 27, 2015
Where Buenos Aires
Submission Deadline Apr 27, 2015
Notification Due May 20, 2015
Final Version Due May 30, 2015

Call For Papers

9th Int'l Workshop on Modular Ontologies (WoMO)
Buenos Aires, Argentinia, September 2015
held in conjunction with IJCAI 2015

--- First Call for Papers ---
Submission deadline: April 27, 2015

MODULARITY is an important enabling technology for knowledge repositories and collaborative knowledge development environments. In formal and applied ontology, modularity is central to reducing the complexity of designing and understanding ontologies, and to facilitating ontology verification, reasoning, maintenance and integration.

This workshop continues a series of successful events that have been an excellent venue for practitioners and researchers to discuss latest and current work on theoretical and practical aspects of modularity in ontologies, bringing together an interdisciplinary crowd of researchers from various subareas of AI spanning knowledge representation, reasoning and logic (description logics, first-order logics, context-based reasoning, rule-based reasoning, automated theorem proving) and web and knowledge-based repositories and information systems (ontologies, semantic web, linked data) as well as researchers from philosophy, logic, cognitive science, and linguistics and from various application domains.

Topics of interest to the workshop are modularity in ontologies in the broadest sense. Submissions are welcome irrespective of the ontology language of interest (ranging from informal ontologies such as taxonomies, glossaries, folksonomies, and conceptual models, to formal ontology specified in languages such as RDF, OWL, first-order logic, Common Logic). Papers may touch on any aspect of modularity, including but not limited to:

* Foundational aspects of modularity: definition, representation, structure, design patterns, granularity.

* Logical aspects: modular (ontology) languages; reconciling inconsistencies across modules; formal structuring of modules; heterogeneity; hybrid theories; intertheory relations (conservativity, interpretability, strong equivalence, inseparability, etc.).

* Algorithmic & heuristic approaches: distributed and incremental reasoning; modularization and module extraction techniques; reasoning complexity; system descriptions.

* Methodological issues as they occur throughout the ontology lifecycle: publishing/sharing, linking, maintenance, reuse of modules.

* Knowledge and ontology repositories; ontology development environments; ontology editors; ontology mapping languages and tools.

* Analysis and evaluation: case studies or other analyses of modularizations; quantitative and qualitative ways to measure adequacy of a modularization; comparison of modularizations with respect to philosophical, logical, reasoning, cognitive, or social aspects.

* Work on closely related approaches: ontology content patterns; versioning and evolution of ontologies; context-based reasoning; and modularity issues as they arise in Big Data and Linked Data.

* Applications, for example in semantic web, linked data, big data, life sciences, earth sciences, bio-ontologies, geospatial ontologies, natural language processing, ambient intelligence, social intelligence, and engineering.

We highly value contributions from all perspectives, including those with a focus on computational, philosophical, cognitive, linguistic, and social aspects. Additionally, contributions that deal with modularity as it arises in specific applications or domains is of interest. We particularly encourage submissions that apply methods beyond classical knowledge representation, such as machine learning and natural language processing approaches, to help further the understanding of modularity.

The workshop will be open to all attendants of IJCAI'15 and its other workshops. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and present the paper.


Paper Submission: April 27, 2015
Notification: May 20, 2015
Camera ready: May 30, 2015
Workshop: July, 2015


We welcome submissions on modularity in a broad sense. The workshop is open to papers of theoretical or practical nature from various disciplines. Submissions can be long papers (up to 8 pages) or short papers (up to 4 pages), formatted using the AAAI style according to the instructions at, prepared in PDF format and submitted no later than the submission deadline, through the EasyChair Submission System (see

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the program committee. Accepted papers will be made available in the proceedings to be published electronically in the CEUR Workshop Proceedings series (see The proceedings from the last three editions of WoMO are available at,,


Kenneth Baclawski, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Torsten Hahmann, University of Maine, USA
Adila Krisnadhi, Wright State University, USA and Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
Pavel Klinov, Institute of Artificial Intelligence, University of Ulm, Germany



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